Jose Soto
East Boston, MA
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Jose S.

East Boston, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a professional, passionate, and creative musician with 18 years of experience teaching piano, arranging, composition, and music theory to students of all ages. As an educator, my mission is to empower people through music education and strengthen the student's confidence and love for music. I strive to create an environment of intellectual and emotional growth by customizing the learning process for each student based on the music they are interested in learning. I have a bachelor's degree in classical piano, another in jazz performance, and a master's degree in global jazz performance from the Berklee College of Music. I have years of experience teaching classical music, jazz, Latin music, funk, and pop, among other music styles.

About Jose S.

Artist, educator, and cultural manager José Soto is founder of the Fundación Armonía Colectiva and the FIJAZZ Costa Rica international jazz festival. With a goal of creating socially aware music that betters society, he experiments with classical music, Latin American music, and jazz. His music studies took him to the Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica, New England Conservatory, and the Berklee College of Music, the Global Jazz Institute Master’s program. Soto helped to found the Danilo Perez Foundation’s Children’s Program in Panama, where he taught for two years. In Costa Rica, he worked as a teacher at several respected institutions. As a performer and pianist, Soto explores a variety of sounds and aims to promote new musical experiences for audiences and has performed in many national and international jazz festivals in Latin America, the USA, and Europe.


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9 Reviews
Maria Ch
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Jose is a wonderful teacher. He is very patient. I have been studying with him for over 4 years. I highly recommend him.

Posted Mar 27, 2020
Pablo A. Garro
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An outstanding musician and amazing human being. He approach the music learning process from an organic perspective using all the tools available to get the maximum potential of his students.

Posted Mar 18, 2020
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Jose is a great teacher! He has helped me to increase my creativity so I can explore and find my own way of learning and understanding music.

Posted Mar 18, 2020
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I highly recommend Jose, he is an amazing person and musician. I play drums and he has helped me developed my musicianship for the past three years. I've grown so much as a person and as a musician and a lot of that is because of Jose. No matter what instrument you play he will be a great teacher and friend for you.

Posted Mar 17, 2020
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We are extremely happy with Jose'. My kids have done lessons with him since 2016 and they have improved hugely. He is caring and professional and he was able to prepare both of them for grades 3,4 and 5 ABRSM exams. He did not know the program ( we moved from England), but he was able to tune in very quickly with very good results.
He is normally coming to our house, but recently due to the actual situation we do lessons online and it works perfectly. We could not recommend Jose' more!

Posted Mar 17, 2020
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My experience with Jose has been wonderful and has made me grow not only in the musical field, but also to grow personally.

In the musical field, his classes are dynamic, his pedagogy in composition and musical theory is very creative. He also encourages me to take risks and overcome my fears. His vision is unique and novel.

In addition, there are values that always accompany his teachings, such as teamwork, empathy, optimism, among many others.

This experience has changed my life entirely.

Posted Mar 16, 2020
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As I have known Jose for over two years I can tell he is an excellent teacher. He encourages me to improve musically and to grow as a person. He is very respectful and always cares about his students.

Posted Mar 16, 2020
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Jose is the type of teacher that does his best to empower people and turn the student into the master. The love he puts into music is truly inspiring, as a teacher he is known for developing new techniques for old and new problems alike, as one of his students I can say that he is an innovator and great friend to anyone who desires to learn.

Posted Mar 16, 2020
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Jose has been an amazing part of our family through the years, a good five years perhaps!!! Both my children have had him as piano, theory or composition teacher. He picks up on and follows the interests of his students and makes the most of it! Great to work with.

Posted Mar 16, 2020

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President and Academic Coordinator
Jun 2017 - Present

Fundacion Armonia Colectiva

1 - Founded non-profit organization to teach music to youth (ages 14 - 23) online as a tool for social change. 2 - Coordinating schedules with students and private teachers. 3 - Creation of the year academic curriculum of the Foundation. 4 - Coordinating ensembles performances

Artistic Director and International Coordinator
Jun 2017 - Present

FIJAZZ Costa Rica

1 - Creation of the festival academic program and workshops 2 - Concerts Production of the Festival 3 - Negotiation with the International Artists

Master Class Instructor
Jan 2010 - Present

Panama Jazz festival, Fedujazz Foundation and Dominican Jazz Festival, Fijazz Costa Rica Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

1 - Created master class curriculums on improvisation, composition, and ensemble. 2 - Provided group instruction for the participants.

Freelance Piano Jazz Performer, Arranger, Composer, and Accompanist
Jan 2001 - Present

Many National and International Jazz Festivals USA, Latin America, and Europe.

1 - Perform in numerous capacities for events and services, coordinate with contractor to organize programming. 2 - Create commissioned compositions and arrangements.

Academic Assistant
Aug 2019 - Dec 2019

Fundación Fedujazz Republica Dominicana

1 - Assisting the Foundation’s Education Program 2 - Teaching piano, ensemble, and music theory

Educational Program Coordinator and Production Assistant
Aug 2019 - Dec 2019

Dominican Republic International Jazz Festival

1 - Organizing the academic workshops of the festival 2 - Assisting the production of the concert at the festival

Coordinator and Teacher of the Children Program
May 2010 - Mar 2012

Fundación Danilo Perez

1 - Educational Coordinator of the Children’s Program 2 - Piano teacher and ensemble teacher

Piano Teacher and Accompanist
Jun 2006 - Aug 2007

Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica

1 - Piano Accompanist in the percussion department of the University 2 - Piano teacher at the Prep School

Piano and Solfege Teacher
Feb 2001 - Dec 2005

Escuela de Musica Municipal de San Pablo

1 - Teaching individual and group piano lessons 2 - Teaching group solfege and theory lessons


Master of Music (M.M.) Contemporary Performance – Global Jazz
Aug 2018 - Dec 2019

Berklee College of Music

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Jazz Studies - Performance
Aug 2012 - Dec 2014

New England Conservatory

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) Contemporary Classical Music Performance
Feb 2001 - Dec 2006

Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica



Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Winner Ibermusicas Award 2019
Nov 2019


Honors Competition Winner
Oct 2018

Longy School of Music of Bard College

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